Ngaere (aka George Maynard) was born about 1844 in the Hokianga area, Northland (birth certificate number unknown). He was born the second son of Captain John James Stanaway and his second wife Witaparene Minarapa.
It is under stood that Ngaere was sent to be raised by his mother’s family in the Gisborne area.
Not much is known of his childhood but it would have been much the same as other Maori children at the time. From this we can only assume he spoke Maori as probably his first language and some English as a second.
Ngaere married Irahapeti Rihi (Elizabeth) Tanapo Stanaway (Marriage Certificate Unknown), they had six children, Mataharea (Mate) Heni, Pourewa Raiha Te Atawhai, Repareta (Hiki), Ripene, Tika (Richard Maynard) Minarapa (1867-1897), and Kuwhara (1869-1917).
I am not sure if Ngaere or Irahapeti knew that they were closely related, sharing the same father (John James Stanaway), or it may be how they met in the first place.
Little is known of his life other than at some stage he had moved from the Gisborne area to Auckland where he passes away in 1917 aged about 73. (Death Certificate unknown).